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Thread: so who bought a motorcycle later in life?

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    Duke 200

    I'm 68, been riding since age 14, but swore off bikes about 20 years ago. Recently, however, I couldn't resist the urge to get a KTM Duke 200 for some short blasts throughout the nice roads we have here in eastern CT. Not sure I would call it a real 'motorcycle' but it satisfies the urge. Also added to the collection with a 54 MV Augusta road racer.
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    John Schiavone

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    Wow love the MV!!!!!!

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    I did, and it was a mistake, to be honest. The mistake is not about getting a bike, no, that idea is amazing, the mistake was to get a bike so fast and powerful without knowing how to ride properly! First of all, you have to be careful, riding a bike is nothing like riding a car. When you are on your bike, it’s always like playing with nature, all the stones and damaged read can be shortcut to God for you. If you want to be sure about buying one, I recommend you rent one, from a place like motorbike rental, for example, and only if you will feel completely comfortable on it, to buy one. Be careful, mate, it’s extremely dangerous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirstImpact View Post
    I did, and it was a mistake, to be honest. The mistake is not about getting a bike, no, that idea is amazing, the mistake was to get a bike so fast and powerful without knowing how to ride properly!
    Easy to reverse - just get rid if it! Ideal riding scenario is one where you start off as a kid riding in the dirt, progress to small displacement road bikes before graduating to more power. Worse scenario is going directly to high-powered street bike with no experience. The financial loss of getting rid of it now can be far less than other potential setbacks. Riding a motorcycle is not like driving a car -- it takes much more skill and talent.
    John Schiavone

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    356 Cab, 66 911, 914-6, 911-50, 981 Cayman

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    I recommend the old
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    https://youtu.be/QiRD2s3VcHQ

    just to get an idea...
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    Quote Originally Posted by John912 View Post
    Easy to reverse - just get rid if it! Ideal riding scenario is one where you start off as a kid riding in the dirt, progress to small displacement road bikes before graduating to more power. Worse scenario is going directly to high-powered street bike with no experience. The financial loss of getting rid of it now can be far less than other potential setbacks. Riding a motorcycle is not like driving a car -- it takes much more skill and talent.
    Weight is a concern trying to stay under 370 lbs bike. Some cool examples of bobbers appear less heavy.

    Good, or bad choice starting out ?

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    a triumph twin is always a nice ride,
    kickstarting is getting on the knees in age if you have a high compression engine,
    so maybe a norton with electric start,
    or hey
    the new triumphs are really well done
    1200 parallel twin, wow

    a bobber is a nice ride, but these are having a rigid rear frame...
    well your back needs to be fit enough to get the punches..

    but love that style and the new bmw R18 is also really nice ...
    there are many nice rides out on the road and in the stores..
    59 750 pre unit triton
    63 650 gray silver bikinitub triumph thunderbird
    70 650 astralred silver triumph bonneville
    65 912 slate gray "erwin"
    73 914 ravennagreen "ferdl"
    haul archive erwin_loves_polo

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    Nothing beats the braking system of a new bike!
    John Schiavone

    Connecticut

    356 Cab, 66 911, 914-6, 911-50, 981 Cayman

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    Quote Originally Posted by haul View Post
    I recommend the old
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    just to get an idea...
    Great old movie!
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